About Us

The mission of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) is to promote academic excellence, enhance educational opportunities and equity for all of America’s children and families, and improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership, technical assistance and financial support.

OESE’s ultimate vision for success is that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career.

OESE is led by the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, who serves as principal adviser to the Secretary of Education on all matters related to elementary and elementary and secondary education.

Senior Leadership

Deborah Delisle
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education

Alexander Goniprow
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Planning

Tina Hunter
OESE Executive Officer

Jonathan Brice
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy

Libby Doggett
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning


Scott Sargrad

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and School Turnaround

Program Directors

Monique M. Chism
Director, Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs

David Esquith
Director, Office of Safe and Healthy Students

Jenelle Leonard
Director, School Support and Rural Programs

Alfred Lott
Director, Impact Aid Programs

Sylvia Lyles
Director, Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs

Lisa Ramirez
Director, Migrant Education Programs

Joyce Silverthorne
Director, Office of Indian Education